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“Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock” at CMOA

“Four Jewels band members, Regina Albright on piano, Gloria Bell on bass, Hetty Smith on drums, and Willene Barton on tenor saxophone, posed in Crawford Grill No. 2,” 1954, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Black and white: Kodak safety film
(Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund)

The  Carnegie Museum of Art (COMA), Pittsburgh, draws photographs from its Teenie Harris Archive of around 80,000 works for its exhibition titled “Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock.” The exhibition shows a selection of rare 25 images, revealing the diverse ways in which he chronicled the experiences of a single community. The exhibition runs through September 3, 2018.

Charles “Teenie” Harris (July 2, 1908–June 12, 1998) was an accomplished African-American photographer, renowned for his numerous images of the black neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh. As a working-class photographer, tethered to his job in the city, Harris had his hands full — he worked as a photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier 1936 to 1975, served as a freelancer at nightclubs and at his portrait studio, and as an artist — he was seemingly everywhere.

“At the Courier, one of the nation’s most important black newspapers, he was out on the beat, covering the day’s news — from civil rights struggles to local politics, from celebrations to tragedies. He was an insider, heading backstage to shoot jazz musicians and sharing candid moments with sports legends. Harris also ran his own portrait studio on The Hill, catering to weddings, social clubs, and churches. On his daily travels around Pittsburgh, Harris captured the vibrant landscape he knew so well. Closer to home, he recorded tender, funny moments with his kids and family. Inevitably, even after covering scenes of nightlife or an after-hours emergency, he returned to his basement studio in Homewood to develop the day’s photos,” Carnegie Museum of Art writes.

With nearly 80,000 images by Harris, the Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today. This exclusive selection of photographs is an attempt to offer to its viewers, the breadth of activities that this multifaceted and hardworking artist was involved in.

“Teenie Harris Photographs: Around the Clock” will be on view through September 3, 2018, at Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.

For details, please visit: www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/285308/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow to have a sneak peek of the artist’s work.


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